Georgian 9ct Gold Seal with the Earl of Stafford Family Crest
An amazing Georgian seal with the family crest of the Stafford family, dating 1750s. The crest is of a ducal crowned coronet with a swan rising its wings out and its beak open.
There is a script monogram for 'JS' below the crest. Very likely for John Paul Stafford-Howard, 4th Earl of Stafford (1700-1762). His monument can be found in Westminster Abbey, London. See here for the photograph of the monument. You can see the crest at the top. The inscription reads:
In this chappel lies interr'd all that was mortal of the most illustrious and most benevolent JOHN PAUL HOWARD Earl of STAFFORD, who in 1738 married ELIZABETH daughter of A. EWENS of the county of Somerset, Esquire, by Eliz. his wife eldest daughter of JOHN ST ALBYN of Alfoxton in the same county, Esquire. His heart was as truly great and noble as his high descent: faithfull to his God, a lover of his countrey, a relation to relations, a detester of detraction, a friend to mankind: naturally generous and compassionate; his liberality and his charity to the poor were without bounds. We therefore piously hope that at the last day his body will be received in glory into the eternal tabernacles. Being snatch'd away suddenly by death, which he had long meditated and expected with constancy, he went to a better life the first of April 1762, having lived sixty one years nine months and six days. The Countess Dowager, in testimony of her great affection and respect to her lord's memory, has caused this monument to be placed here. The figures round the inscription are the ancient badges of honour belonging to the STAFFORD family, who descend by ten different marriages from the royal blood of ENGLAND and FRANCE
The motto "Garde le foi" is french for Keep the Faith. The Stafford's family's motto today is "Garde la foy" - Keep the faith so you can see it is quite similar.
What an amazing piece of history!
Date & Origin 1820s, English
Era Georgian (1713-1830)
Material Tested to 9ct gold
Condition Good (loop has had some repair in past). Main seal in excellent condition
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Georgian 9ct Gold Seal with the Earl of Stafford Family Crest
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